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13 White Street
phone: (617) 547-3110
(Place added by: Lnedrive14 on 11-22-2005)
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| Reviews: 24
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
Don't be fooled by the cruddy looking facade. Liquor World is a top-notch liquor store that carries an array of the world's finest beers. They even have a "We sell good beer" sign out front to assure you of this. Because of the limited space that the beer section has here, the store tries to focus more of quality than quantity. The cooler that is first visible when you reach the back of the store is stocked with a good selection of macro brews and craft beer 6-packs. Most of the real gems however can be found in the "hidden" cooler around the corner. It contains a terrific selection of top-rated and hard-to-find beers (breweries include Southampton, Stone, Avery's, Thomas Hooker, Southern Tier, Two Brothers, Berkshire, Thomas Hardy, Boon, etc.), all at rock bottom prices. You simply will not find better deals at any liquor store in the Boston area (with the possible exception of Trader Joe's - but their selection is far more limited). There is also some shelf space filled with more expensive, cellaring-suitabe beers (Roquefort, Fantome, Oerbier, Rodenbach, Westmalle, etc.). They even make a point to stock highly-desired, limited offerings. (I have purchased both the Breakfast Stout and the Kentucky Breakfast Stout by Founders as well as the Imperial Stout Trooper by New England Brewing here.) The customer service at Liquor World is exceptional (when Joe and/or Tom are around). Joe (the beer manager) and Tom are the "beer guys" here. They are not only incredibly helpful and friendly, but they will give you their personal opinion on just about any of the beers they carry. Joe will even take your phone number and call you when a beer you want comes in. As for the store itself, it is a bit dingy and cramped (especially if you are browsing the cooler in the far back). Overall, however, this is one of my favorite places to buy beer in the Boston area. If you live in Cambridge, Somerville or Medford, I highly recommend you stop by this (relatively) hidden gem.
05-08-2007 15:06:24 |
More by Damian
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Liquor World is like a hidden gem in Cambridge. Very unassuming form the outside, you'd think they specialize in Jack Daniels and 30 packs. Upon entry head to the back left part of the store and plan to spend 20 minutes going through their craft beer section. It seems like there's something new every week. They have at least five cooler doors and two large shelves of strictly craft beer. Bombers, 6 packs and they will even special order kegs for you!! If you have any questions just seek out the guy with all the tattoos and he will drop some knowledge and send you in the right direction. No pretension here. It's one of those stores where if you're buying a case of Sierra and for some reason 2 12 packs ring up cheaper they will tell you to go for the 12 packs.
08-13-2009 15:40:53 |
More by BeerutalTruth
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I'd under appreciated Liquor World for almost a year while living in Somerville, but as time went on I came to realize they are a force in the Cambridge-Somerville circuit.
The selection is always well balanced as far as styles is concerned. You'll always be able to find bear republic, founder's, DFH, lost abbey/port and many other cross-coast offerings. They always do a good job competing with highly sought after beers i.e - nemesis, KBS, gandhi-bot, nugget nectar, sculpin, older viscosity, etc...
The customer service is exceptional as well, promptly answering email inquiries time and time again (they now have a very informative and frequently updated twitter page - hugely helpful). They even toss in quantity based discounts for those who make a decent sized haul on craft stuff.
There isn't much in the way of makin mix sixers, and you can't split anything up, its something I like to be able to do from time to time, but not a deal breaker by any means.
To those who plan on going or have never been, the beer is in the back. Thats all you need to know.
10-13-2010 17:17:32 |
More by zackcg
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
People that work there have helped me pick out beers based on personal experience, that's really rare and helpful. I appreciate it. Small but quite good selection. They play NPR. Ever now and then I find the most ridiculous nugget, like a 10 year old J.W.Lees for $10. and Fantome <$13. They seem to intentionally buy rare beer which make my life easier. Good old high ABV beers for decent prices. Considering the location, I've left feeling like I got some serious deals. Check it out and don't miss the back cooler.
03-16-2012 17:45:23 |
More by mlazzaro
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I've heard good things about this place. Even though I have way too much beer in my house I was at the Shaw's next door so I stopped in.
The store is typical size for an urban strip mall setting, so it's a little tight, but that's OK. Most of the beer is in the back 1/3 of the location. Coolers are full of good stuff, as is the left-size back wall and inner shelf. While selection isn't huge due to size there is a lot of quality in here. Good number of recent offerings from Founder's (Porter, etc.) and many other places. Prices seem to be inline with the rest of the area - maybe not utterly cheap but good enough to say "yup, that seems reasonable." The beer guys were attentive - frequently making the rounds but it seemed like they could tell who needed help and who was covered on their own so there wasn't that unnecessary "can I help you find anything" when you're deep in thought. That counts for something. This is right off the Porter Square T so location is convenient. I'll definitely put this place in the rotation.
02-01-2009 13:42:58 |
More by IBUnit63
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is becoming one of my new favorites. Joe is a really nice guy and definitely trying to make his customers happy. Prices are generally lower than most other places and the selection is quite good. The side with all the bombers and big beers is pretty well hidden and I think a lot of people miss it. Can find a couple beers that are aged and have been refrigerated the entire time. Really a good shop that is only getting better. I guess it isnt one of my hidden jewels anymore but they definitely deserve the press.
09-19-2006 01:29:22 |
More by jtell
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A nice find in Cambridge in an unlikely locale. You'll usually find someone arguing with him or herself outside the store. Inside it's narrow and deep, and the floors aren't very clean. The beer is logically grouped in the coolers, and off to the side are the big bottles and unusual things, both warm and cold. This is the only store in the Boston area I've been to that regularly stocks Weihenstephaner lager, which is reason enough to visit. However, also note their prices: almost always a dollar below those at nearby stores. The staff tend to be heavily tattooed and can appear off-putting but if you ask a question they give knowledgeable answers in complete sentences. Definitely worth putting up with the difficult parking lot, where the spaces are narrow and the drivers elderly.
06-07-2010 22:08:10 |
More by gfreed
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Have been here a bunch of times but just realized the breadth of their selection when I "went around the corner" to the other side of the cooler--figured now was a good time to rate this place. The place is long but narrow stuck in between a couple of your ordinary mall stores near the Shaw's and across from the CVS. Good selection of wine and booze adorn the side walls and the middle aisle as well. Didn't talk to the staff, and they didn't seem to interested in me being there. I got carded which hasn't happened lately.
Selection was very good and well priced. Quality was also very good. Beers they had in stock:
Rouge, Smutty, Boulder, Rapscallion, Concord, Cisco, Berkshire, Anderson , McNeils, Avery, Ommegang, Three Brothers, Magic Hat, Gearys, Left Hand, Lagunitas, Unibroue, Thomas Hooker, Z Street, Victory, Sierra, Wachusett, harpoon, Southern Tier, and your normals as well.
Liquor World is convenient being right in Porter Sq. The selection isn't as large as say, Downtown in Davis, but I believe the quality is better. Check it out if you get a chance and don't forget to go around the corner as the selection of beer almost doubles. It seems there are more better beers in the side fridge.
02-11-2006 01:43:13 |
More by bjohnson
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located near the Porter Square stop in a shopping center near a Shaw's grocery store. The place is small and easy to pass up as just another liquor store.
The very back has coolers with mostly six packs in it. There is another cooler that has a few singles in it that are broken from six packs. The main feature of the store for beer is a few shelfs of singles filled with bombers and 750mL bottles. If you walk through the narrow back hallway you will see a walk-in cooler and also another row of coolers with more beers (mostly big single bombers).
The first visit I missed the area in the back with the extra beers and gave it a slightly unfair review, but I have to say after seeing that selection it's definitely one of the best selections in the area.
06-07-2008 18:01:01 |
More by BeerSox
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This has definitely become my neighborhood beer store for stocking up. The variety packed in this place is right up there with my other favorites in the city, Joe does a great job, and he and the other beer enthusiast at the register are always willing to talk up good beer, chat about views on beers mentioned on BA, and essentially take suggestions at will. I've seen a lot of flexibility in this store, and every time I go in there I suffer from "too much choice" paralysis. I LOVE getting that out of a beer store.
The prices here range from average/fair to a steal, and this is definitely one of the places I hit up when buying gifts for out of town friends. Beware the Saturday evening line at the register, and Sundays can be equally frantic close to closing.
03-13-2007 21:18:36 |
More by eveninghawk
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